Carrie Underwood called the show this week, the morning of the release of her new album Play On. And we always learn something new about the girl whose father calls ‘Abdul.’ So, here you go:

The release of her album is sort of like the first day of school butterflies.

The leather pants Carrie wears in the album’s promo shot, featuring slashed pants, were hard to put on. Carrie joked that she got into a weed-whacking accident while taking out the dog.

Carrie says she has a stylist, and they try to stay off the worst-dressed lists. Still, she admits to being irritated by critical comments from the fashion police. I told her I never hear the negative, and Carrie responded, ‘Listen harder.’

Carrie promised to dish about what she plans to wear when she first steps onstage at next week’s CMA Awards. More on that when she visits our broadcast next week, in Nashville.

And there you have it.